(January 28, 2009 - Insidermedicine) Women who are overweight and suffering from incontinence can better control their bladder if they lose a little weight, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Here is some information about incontinence:
• Urinary incontinence refers to the accidental loss of urine.
• The most common form is stress-incontinence, in which urine leaks out while laughing, coughing, or jogging.
• Another type is urge-incontinence, in which you suddenly have a strong need to urinate and cannot reach the toilet in time.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco randomly assigned over 300 overweight or obese women suffering from incontinence to either an intensive weight loss program including diet, exercise, and behavior modification or an educational program.
After six months, women in the weight loss group lost an average of 8% of their body weight, compared with only 1.6% among those in the education group. Weekly episodes of incontinence dropped by almost half in the weight loss group, compared with only 28% in the education group. Weight loss appeared to be particularly beneficial at reducing episodes of stress-incontinence.
We had a chance to speak with Dr. Leslee Subak, the principal investigator of this study, who offered some further insight.
Today’s research demonstrates the benefits of losing even a small amount of weight to help control incontinence among overweight women.
For Insidermedicine in Depth, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.